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Monday, Jan 27 2014 10:49 AM

Reports: Accused drunken driver traveling at 128 mph in fatal crash

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Bakersfield Police said a woman was killed on impact after a 24-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence collided with the woman's car at Ming Avenue and New Stine Road early Jan. 3. Portions of New Stine Road and Ming Avenue was closed for several hours following the accident.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Two vehicles and debris cover the southbound lanes of New Stine Road south of Ming Avenue at the intersection. The Jan. 3 early morning crash claimed the life of a woman and closed the road for hours as Bakersfield police investigated.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Looking south down New Stine Road from Ming Avenue shows the aftermath of the scene where a 24-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol collided with another vehicle early Jan. 3, killing the woman driver. The intersection of New Stine Road and Ming Avenue was closed for several hours following the crash.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Joseph Almonidovar holds a photo of his daughter Princess Flores Almonidovar, who was killed in a vehicle crash early Jan. 3 at New Stine Road and Ming Avenue.

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    By Felix Adamo/ The Californian

    Alex Anthony Rubio leaves Kern County Superior Court on Jan. 17 as a supporter tries to block photographers following Rubio's arraignment on charges including second-degree murder and DUI in the Jan. 3 crash that killed 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar. Rubio pleaded not guilty.

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    By Casey Webb/ The Californian

    A memorial for Princess Almonidovar, who died Jan. 3, continues to be maintained Monday at the corner of Ming Avenue and New Stine Road.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

The motorist accused of drunken driving in the early morning Jan. 3 crash that killed 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar reached a speed of 128 mph just before impact, according to police reports that became available Monday.

Alex Anthony Rubio, 24, was traveling nearly three times the posted speed limit on New Stine Road as he crossed into Ming Avenue, the reports filed in Kern County Superior Court say. Witnesses told police that Almonidovar was traveling east on Ming and had a green light when she entered the intersection and was hit.

Rubio’s 2013 Chrysler 300 became partially airborne and tore the roof off Almonidovar’s Toyota Celica, killing her instantly, reports say.

The field of debris covered more than 500 feet.

According to the reports, the data box from the Chrysler showed Rubio was traveling south on New Stine Road at 111 mph five seconds before the crash. That speed kept increasing until the 128 mph at impact. Rubio made no attempt to brake.

The reports say Rubio suffered relatively minor injuries from the crash and from later resisting arrest. He submitted to a breath test that twice registered his blood alcohol content as being .14 percent.

Almonidovar’s blood alcohol content has not yet been determined, according to the reports. A friend told officers she had been at a party the night before the 3 a.m. crash and appeared to be consuming alcoholic drinks.

The friend said he did not believe Almonidovar, a respiratory therapist at San Joaquin Community Hospital and the primary breadwinner for her family, was intoxicated. He had followed her to make sure she was safe, and witnessed the collision.

He told officers the crash “happened so fast, it was like an explosion, I knew she was killed,” the reports say.

A surveillance camera caught Rubio’s car speeding south past Stockdale Highway where he nearly struck the center divider.

Just over a mile separates the Stockdale-New Stine intersection from where the crash occurred. The 2013 Chrysler 300 is a luxury sedan with available a six- or eight-cylinder engines; the V-6 reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, according to Motor Trend Magazine. Other models have a top speed of 175 mph.

After the force of the impact sent Rubio’s car rolling, and it finally came to a stop on its roof, Rubio scrambled from the car and apparently used a utility box to scale an 8-foot brick wall on the west side of New Stine.

Police found Rubio a block away in the east alley in the 2000 block of Courtleigh Drive. Officers said in the reports that Rubio appeared frantic, and yelled an expletive and ran when he saw the police cruiser.

Rubio climbed four fences and continued running west while being chased. An officer grabbed Rubio’s shirt and pulled him down as he tried climbing a fifth fence, the reports say.

The reports say Rubio fought the officer, who used a baton and his fists to subdue him.

Rubio continued to struggle after being handcuffed. The reports say he jumped up and down and screamed at police to release him.

Officers say in the reports that Rubio denied driving the Chrysler. He said a friend of his had been driving, but was unable to provide them with a name or where the person had gone.

He continued to be belligerent toward officers as they took his shoes to match them to the footprints they found leaving the crash scene. Rubio balked at giving up his shoes.

“They’re new, but whatever,” the reports say he told officers. “I’ve got money. I’ll buy more.”

Rubio is charged with crimes including second-degree murder and hit-and-run causing death or permanent serious injury. He’s currently free after posting $17,000 bond, 10 percent of the $170,000 at which his bail was set.

His attorney, Tony Lidgett, could not be reached for comment.

Ironically, Rubio has previously been the victim in two alleged DUI-related collisions.

The reports say Rubio was involved in one in March 2006, and in August 2010. In both cases he was struck by a suspected drunken driver.

His next court date is scheduled for March 18.

 

 

 

 

 

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